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Swimmer Du gifts China 1st gold at Beijing Paralympics

2008-09-07 10:20:48 GMT2008-09-07 18:20:48 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

China's Du Jianping reacts after winning the men's 100m freestyle S3 final at the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games September 7, 2008. [Agencies]

BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's Du Jianping won the men's 100m freestyle at S3 class with a new world record here on Sunday to clinch the first gold for the hosts at the Beijing Paralympic Games.

The 25-year-old Du, who grabbed two golds at Athens Paralympics, shaved 6.87 seconds of the former world mark and touched the wall first in 1 minute and 35.21 seconds.

Dmytro Vynohradets of Ukraine took the silver with 0.44 seconds adrift. Du's compatriot Li Hanhua settled for the bronze in 1:44.22.

Four years ago, China finished top of the swimming medals table at the Athens Paralympics with 19 golds.

The swimming program, featuring 140 disciplines, held at the National Aquatics Centre, runs from September 7 to 15.

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